After getting my open water scuba diving certification in Seattle, I knew Hawaii was the first place I wanted to test out my skills. The visibility is amazing there and I knew I’d feel more comfortable if I’d be able to see further out. I spent one week on the Big Island snorkeling in the water and relaxing, and then it was time to go diving.
Diving in Kona
I was staying north of Kona, but decided to come down to the city to go with Jack’s Diving Locker based on my Seattle instructor’s recommendation and their very high ratings online. After getting fitted for gear, our boat was headed out to the first dive site. Dolphins surrounded us and played in the wake of the boat, which I took as a good sign for how the day was going to go.
We anchored at the first site and they told us to get on our gear and get ready to jump in. The water looked absolutely beautiful, but I was still a little anxious to jump into such a wide open ocean. As soon as I jumped off and got underwater, I couldn’t believe how beautiful underwater Hawaii was. The visibility was about 100 feet (which is insanely good for diving), so I felt much less scared of anything surprising me (like a shark).
The first dive of the day went by quickly, and it was soon lunch time. We all went back on the boat and talked to each other about what we saw while we ate the sandwiches and chips they provided. When the required time of being back on the surface was over, we went back for the second dive at the Golden Arches. It was a beautiful area with plenty of sea life to look at.
I went out with Jack’s again for a second day and we went to completely different sites. We went diving at the Old Airport in Kona, and again I was amazed at how different the site was. I think you could dive for a year around the island and still see different spots each time. The water was a little choppier the second day due to the wind, but it was good practice on how to not float away when the current pushes you.
At the end of each day, I celebrated successful dives by going to the bar next door and having a Kona beer (I swear it really tastes better in Kona!). Scuba diving is something that gave me a lot of anxiety when I got certified and still makes me nervous each time I’m about to jump in the water, but I’m proud of myself for pushing past my fears. As soon as I hit the water every time, all my fears go away.
I didn’t have time this trip, but the Kona Coast is well-known for their manta ray night dives. Next time I’m back on the island, I plan on signing up for this! I saw people doing it from my lodging and it looked so beautiful with all their small lights lighting up the water at night.
Info About the Dive Shop
Where: Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
Who: Jack’s Diving Locker
Cost: $125 for two-tank morning dives
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